I hope that people realize that this is likely to affect more than just Washington DC itself...If it passes Congress (even if Bush vetoes it but it
passes Congress again) then it'll be Law on all federal zones
of jurisdiction, even the parcels of land that the States have given over to
So, as quoted from the article in the OP, "...raising alarm among city officials that the measure would effectively end local gun control," I would
guess that such legislation would/should alarm the officials who are power-mad: After all, it'll be much harder to violate the Bill of Rights
(especially the 4th Amendment) & raid peoples' homes (on federal territory, at least) if they realize that the people can actually defend
...[sarcasm]Oh, perish forbid that the plebs can actually fight back when we attack![/sarcasm]
I've noticed that Congress & Judiciary are starting to get some teeth back after Bush's push for tyranny with the Patriot Act, Military Commissions
Act, various signing statements & Executive Orders that had effectively neutered these two Branches. After all, if Bush can bypass Judicial review
over "enemy combatants" (denying the Due Process of Law & Right to Trial) & enforce his own "policies" as if they were Law (stripping Congress of
the Power of Legislation), then what next would Bush (or the next President) do with such "useless appendages?" They'd be obsolete,
Congress would do much better to repeal the Patriot Act & the Military Commissions Act as well as restore the Rule Of Law over the government on the
whole, but "you gotta start somewhere
." If the Judiciary would just declare those Acts as Unconstitutional, then Congressional Repeal would
not be necessary, because Congress cannot "repeal" that which the Judiciary has voided outright.
It seems that, as the people are waking up, so too are the representative-minded
officers still in government. I just hope that it's not to
late to stop the tyranny before the "consolidated Executive" actually solidifies itself. It seems that Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich (& the very few
others like them) are making more progress in Constitutional enforcement than the rest of the Executive Branch is willing to admit!
As the government had been disrespecting the Law, that same attitude started showing up in the general public as well...So if the government restores
respect for the Law within itself, then that in turn will show up in the public as well. But we must also not forget that if it weren't for the
People starting to call for government accountability
, then this trend would never have started. Maybe we still have some hope after all...
[edit on 10-9-2008 by MidnightDStroyer]